I am taking part in my first Open Studios, in Buckinghamshire. This is an annual event in many areas, in our case with two weeks in June during which artists of all kinds throw open their studios (or similar) to the public to come in and browse and, maybe, buy.
In my case, the 'studio' is an exhibition space created in the long conservatory at my friends Isobel and Andrew's lovely house: they volunteered the room and have been unflaggingly generous in helping set things up.
Mounting an exhibition is a significant undertaking in terms of the cost and time of printing and framing a number of pictures. In practice I've borrowed some of my prints from their owners' collections for the occasion.
It is also an emotional investment, setting out your wares in such a bald fashion and being around to witness people possibly peer, frown, wince and leave quickly - always assuming anybody comes in the first place.
Happily my first visitors have been interested, intrigued, chatty and apparently pleased with what they've seen. No-one has gone off with a big frame under their arm but I didn't particularly expect that: I think of it as chiefly a marketing exercise, and what people do go away with is leaflets explaining my techniques and referencing my website.
Coincidentally, just as I was getting going, I sold online a 60in x 10in print of a River Thames panorama (above). I know it's a great image because I've seen its detail - but a significant shortcoming of websites is that they struggle to convey this with images that are such an awkward shape for screen display.
So that's rather a leap of faith by somebody. I hope they are pleased with what they get.